Mark Paxson


Portland (ME) Symphony Orchestra

Violinist Mark Paxson enjoys a varied career as an orchestral and chamber musician, concertmaster and teacher.  A longtime member of the Portland (ME) Symphony Orchestra, he has also performed with the Boston Symphony, Pops, Ballet, Lyric Opera and Philharmonic orchestras, Opera Boston, Emmanuel Music and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Highlights have also included a month long tour of Japan with the American Symphony, performances with the Malaysia Philharmonic and period instrument concerts with the Handel & Haydn Society and Boston Baroque. Mr. Paxson was guest first violinist of the Ives String Quartet in 2003 and has also performed chamber music at the Woodstock Mozart, Warebrook Contemporary and White Mountain festivals, at the Taos School of Music and at Ernen Musikdorf. He has been concertmaster of the Monadnock Music Festival Orchestra, New Hampshire Symphony, Maine Oratorio Orchestra, Boston Academy of Music and the New England Philharmonic. A highly respected teacher, Mr. Paxson’s students have won positions in the MA All-State orchestra and also in regional and state competitions. He has taught at the New England Conservatory’s Extension Division, Northeastern University, Longy School of Music, Sun Valley Music Conservatory and the Rocky Ridge (CO) Music Center.

Mr. Paxson holds degrees with honors from both the New England Conservatory of Music and Indiana University.  He also studied with Joyce Robbins in New York City.